It’s crunch time. To make things easier, here’s a one-stop shop for the best toys for every kid, from the future baker to the future architect to the toddler who just won’t stop pulling off their booties. See below, and if you’re interested in any deeper dives, we’ve also got toys for 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds, the hottest toys of the year, the hottest toys that aren’t sold out, and the best novels for 11-year-olds.
For the kid obsessed with fads
Fingerlings Monkey — Mia
Everyone has this, and if they don’t have it, they really, really want it. You can still get it before Christmas for $50.
They’re also available on Amazon, but shipping times are unconfirmed.
For the kid who prefers human babies over monkeys
Bizzy Bubs Single Pack — Primmy
Bizzy Bubs just came out this week and do just about everything a fingerling does — crawl, laugh, fart — except instead of monkeys, they’re babies.
For the kid who needs to be first on the new thing
Tumblstix are the new fidget spinners. They don’t do much more than somersault, but hey, fidget spinners didn’t do anything besides spin when they took over the world, either.
And for those who really wish fidget spinners were still a thing, here’s a whole fidget combo set.
For the kid who watches unboxing videos
Limited Edition Glitter Series Ball LOL Series 1
The mini-dolls at the center of this sphere are wrapped in seven layers of cellophane, each layer unveiling a new sticker or keepsake. Heads-up, your little one might try to film themselves opening this for YouTube fame.
For the kid who knows about Princess Di
Personalized Blue Gingham Robe
at My 1st years
The robe Prince George wore to meet Obama can also be monogrammed. Very royal.
For the kid who’s just learning how to walk
Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
This classic Radio Flyer won’t ever go out of style.
For the kid who keeps tearing off their booties
Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Bootie
These strap on tight and won’t slip off.
For the kid who likes mazes and riddles
Break Free Board Game
In this game, you’re handcuffed to the board until you solve enough mazes and puzzles to escape. First one out wins.
For the kid who loves suspense
Boom Blast Stix Game
Pile the sticks on the blaster. You don’t know when it’s going to pop … until it does.
For the kid who loves suspense, water fights, and dogs all together at once
Soggy Doggy Board Game for Kids
Go around a circle pouring water on the soggy dog. The joy is in finding out who this cute thing is going to shake off on.
For the kid who has baskets full of collectibles
Num Noms Series 4 Dessert Tray Lunch Box
Num Noms: They look like food, they’re supposed to smell like food, and they’re adorable.
For the future architect
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 48 Piece DX Set
These colorful magnetic tiles stack and combine in infinite varieties.
For the kid who’s still obsessed with their Hatchimal from last year
Hatchimals Surprise, Peacat
Last year’s fad was Hatchimals, and this year’s follow-up is Hatchimals Surprise. The surprise is twin Hatchimals. As your child watches them hatch and then grow from baby to toddler to kid, the twins also respond and interact with one another, telling secrets between themselves, playing games, and dancing.
For the kid who never wants to leave the zoo
FurReal Roarin Tyler, the Playful Tiger
Tyler’s a baby tiger who’ll playfully pounce and nuzzle when you pet him. His favorite chew toy is a rubber chicken.
For the kid who’s in band
Rock and Roll It — Rainbow Piano
For the kid who’s into “flip stuff”
Rainbow Magic Sequin Journal
at Barnes & Noble
Flip is the new fad of things made out of sequins that flip back and forth, with different colors on each side. It’s fun, it’s glittery, and tweens love it.
For the kid who just wants to relax in a bath
Kids Bath Bombs Gift Set With Surprise Toys
When homework gets too stressful, these turn the bath into a colorful, olfactory experience.
For the budding hunter
Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
For the kid who’s into mini-robots
Hexbug Nano V2 Neon Infinity Loop
The Hexbug is a very small, alienlike robot with tiny legs and arms that moves around this track by vibrating like crazy.
For the kid who loves Legos
Lego Minecraft the Mushroom Island 21129
Now they can build their very own IRL Minecraft field.
For the kid who wishes Legos were more like balloons
Oonies Starter Pack
Oonies are little sticky balloons that you inflate and then attach to each other. Each box of Oonies also comes with add-ons — like connectors, pellets, and eyes — so that you can create jungle animals out of your sticky balloons and then make long chains of them.
For the kid wearing ten friendship bracelets
Digiloom Starter Kit
Digiloom is a digital loom. You design friendship bracelets and necklaces on a computer program, and then send that information over to the loom. Press a single button, and then sit back as the loom weaves together your very own designs.
For the kid who loves hopscotch
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk
Here’s 64 colors of sidewalk chalk.
For the kid who’s still not over Snapchat’s dancing hot dog
Merge is an augmented-reality video game, much like that very hot dog. You hold your phone up in front of the cube (or put your phone in a VR-like headset and look at the cube), and the boring plastic box becomes a whole new world of games, challenges, and activities to play with.
For the kid who took baby DJ classes
Cra-Z-Art SoundMoovz 2 Pack Black Band
at Barnes & Noble
For the toddler who loves to organize
Battat Sound Puzzle Box
A shape sorter — in pleasantly muted and pastel colors — that also has a sound for each corresponding shape. For kids just learning their shapes and colors.
For the kid who’s ready to be a mom already
Luvabella is a baby with hundreds of lifelike expressions and interactive responses, like the ability to say over a hundred different words.
For the kid on the go
Yvolution Y Glider Kids Kick Scooter
Give them some extra speed with this scooter.
For the kid who wants some competition
My Great Bean Bag Toss
at Land of Nod
Artist Blanca Gómez designed this game to be hung up in any doorway. The beanbags look like little birds.
For the kid abstract artist
Kid Made Modern 7ct Double Point Crazy Crayons
Start drawing with green, and your picture will come out in yellow and blue and whatever colors they look like mixed together, too.
For the future baker
Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix, 15.25 Ounces
They’ll have fun baking it together, and then even more fun eating it.
For the young scrapbooker
UCEC 6 Colorful Decorative Paper Edge Scissor Set
Each of these six scissors cuts in a different pattern, from squiggles to zigzag.
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